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Police investigating 'Zoom-bombing' that happened during Tuesday's vigil

Police say individuals interrupted the event with racist and homophobic comments
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Waterloo Regional Police crest. Erin Anderson/KitchenerToday

The Cybercrime Unit of Waterloo Regional Police is now investigating the "Zoom-bombing" that happened during Tuesday night's vigil for the Muslim family killed in London on Sunday.

The Coalition of Muslim Women Kitchener-Waterloo (CMW KW) hosted the community vigil online.

Police say around two hours into the vigil, individuals interrupted the event with racist and homophobic comments, forcing organizers to pause the vigil while those responsible for the comments were removed.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Meantime, Fauzia Mazhar, executive director, CMW KW said, the organization met with police on Wednesday, and provided the police service with further information. 

"We trust that (police) will do a thorough investigation, and that the investigation will also be timely, and so we're waiting to hear back from (police) about what happens next." 

In a statement from CMW KW, the organization asks anyone in the community in need of mental health supports to contact them, so CMW KW can connect individuals with the appropriate services. 

"Several mental health therapists and organizations have volunteered their services to those impacted by the tragedy and we are eternally grateful for their kindness and collaboration," read the statement. 

 

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